Quick update from the garden…

The first CSA basket is already here! The garden has been growing like crazy so far this season. We’ve managed to get to the Carp Farmers’ Market for 6 weeks now. In our first season (now 4 years ago) we only started at the market at the end of June, so that says something about how things have been improving.

Scallions

Trimming the scallions for CSA today.

​To all our returning members, I am so happy to have you back and hope that you enjoy the benefits of your investment in this farm over the years. I also want to welcome all our new members this season and I hope enjoy the CSA experience.

The spring has been good so far in terms of rain-sunshine balance. No slug infestations and not too much sun scald on the plants. In general, the flea beetles have been up to their usual tricks, feasting on the kale, arugula and our turnips. The crops are getting bigger now though and are able to hold their own against the constant environmental pressures in our abundant organic garden!

Our WWOOFer Jessika, bagging up the bok choy today.

Our WWOOFer Jessika, bagging up the bok choy today.

Organic Chickens
The first chicken pick up is on July 22nd. We are currently over 70% sold out. If you would like to pre-order any, just let us know. $5.50/lb. The fall pick up will be in September. See the website for more info. http://www.hedgeviewfarm.ca

This week’s share of the harvest:

1 bag spring lettuce mix
1 bunch kale
1 bunch radishes
1 bok choy
1 cluster cilantro
1 bag arugula OR 1 bunch chard
1 flat microgreens

What to do with this week’s share:

Check out your new CSA Veggie Guide for some meal ideas for using bok choy and other greens. 

As I was harvesting the cilantro this morning I started craving tacos! Perfect dish to use many ingredients in your CSA basket this week: spring lettuce, grated radishes, sprinkles of cilantro and microgreens…plus sour cream, some salsa, some ground beef if you wish!

Harvesting bok choy this morning.

Harvesting bok choy this morning.

Raw Bok Choy Salad
Chop up your bok choy into salad size pieces. Toss with a light dressing or try this one from Martha Stewart:

4 tsp. Rice Vinegar
1 tsp. Soy Sauce
1 tsp. Toasted Sesame Seed Oil
2 Tbsp. Chopped Cashews

What to do with Microgreens?

Microgreens
Microgreens are highly nutrient dense shoots, best enjoyed just before the first true leaves develop. Our mix contains 7 different varieties of microgreens including: tatsoi, mizuna, red kale, green kale, cabbage, giant red mustard and kohlrabi.


Microgreens add beauty, texture, colour, flavour and nutrients to salads, green juices/smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, and any dish you wish to sprinkle these upon. Because microgreens experience a short shelf life when cut, we are growing the microgreens in trays for you to take home and cut as needed. Use them within 1 – 2 weeks and you are welcome to return the container when finished.

Water as needed. If the flat feels light when picked up, add about 1 cup of water evenly.

These are handy to keep on the kitchen counter or another well lit space. Avoid direct sunlight. Keep a pair of scissors handy to snip with!


 

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